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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Restaurant Review: The Keg - 73%

I got invited out to supper with my parents, aunt, and grandmother on Saturday which was awesome enough, but when my father informed me he would pick me up driving his ’74 Pontiac GTO convertible I was totally in! It was decided we were going to The Keg, because both my parents and aunt had gift cards.
 Looks pretty much like this, except for a 1974 Alberta plate on the front :)
We ended up going to The Keg on 36th street, right across from Marlborough Mall. There are a few others in the city as well, I know one just south of McMahon stadium and one on Mcleod trail south of Chinook centre for sure. Check If there is one in your area at their website of 
As soon as we were seated, I mention to our hostess I was celiac and she went to get the manager to come out and speak to me. He was very prompt, and mentioned I could have any of the plain steaks, as well as plain seafoo. He recommended the steak or chicken oscar (as the bearnaise sauce they use was gluten free), and said if I had questions about another specific dish to ask my server. Uh, thanks…? 
The restaurant atmosphere was nice, but pretty much the same as any other Keg I’ve been to. Something about Steakhouses that block out all light from the outside world just doesn’t do it for me though.

I hadn’t been to The Keg in a long, long time, probably since I’ve been diagnosed, and figured being a steakhouse there would be a decent selection of items for me to eat. I figured if the Bearnaise sauce was GF, then they would possibly have a lot of other options be GF too. Boy, was I wrong.
 I attempted to order the follow items, only to be told none were GF:
  •  Creole Chicken
  • BBQ Chicken and Ribs
  • Pecan Sirloin

The waiter had to go back and check each time to see if the item was gluten free. Finally, I was so embarrassed with the other people eating with me wait I ordered the plainest steak they had, a regular sirloin. I could have any accompaniment except the rice or fries, so I went with a baked potato. I ordered my steak medium rare.
Admittedly, the steak was WAY better than I was expecting it to be, but it could have been my sour mood after being told three things I wanted couldn’t have. It was cooked perfectly, and made my mouth water with every bite. Beautiful grill marks on the outside, giving a nice crust to the meat. The potato was excellent, big with lots of toppings, and I’m always happy to have asparagus with a meal!

All in all I was pleased, but I would definitely recommend contacting The Keg head office or call the restaurant directly to figure out what kind of things to have before hand, especially if you are dining with people that are impatient or non-celiac and you don’t want to hold them up.
Atmosphere 7/10
Service 7.5/10
Presentation 7.5/10
Taste 8.5/10
Variety of Gluten Free Dishes 6/10
Value 7.5/10
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